On August 11, the 70 meter long cargo vessel Hai Ha 38 sank in the South China Sea near Da Nang, Vietnam. The Hai Ha 38 departed from Quang Ninh to Can Tho with a cargo of 1600 tons of bricks. The Hai Ha 38 proceeded into strong winds caused by a nearby tropical depression when it suffered a cargo shift. The cargo of bricks shifted and the cargo vessel developed a 40 degrees list to starboard. With the Hai Ha 38 in danger of capsizing and sinking, the crew sent out a distress call and requested assistance.
Vietnamese authorities dispatched two search and rescue boats to the scene. Rescuers arrived a short time later and rescued all 11 crew members. One crewman jumped into the sea after panicking, but he was later recovered. No reports of injuries.
The 179 meter long, 28259 dwt bulk freighter Bright Royal went aground off the island of Ly Son near Da Nang, Vietnam. The Bright Royal was en route from Vung Ang bound for Bangladesh with 27,500 tons of clinker when it ran onto the rocks. The freighter’s hull suffered two cracks and suffered water ingress. No reports of injuries to the 24 crew on board. Authorities have reported that fuel oil was released into the water from punctured fuel tanks.
The fishing vessel DNA 90039 TS became disabled off Da Nang, Vietnam (16 22N, 109 07E). The vessel reported that it had suffered engine damage and now adrift. Twelve men are reported to be on board the fishing vessel. No further details reported.